Tenant Required Permission for Works “I want to add an extension or change the layout to my rented property” A leaseholder consulted us as they wanted to make structural changes to their rented property in Hackney. They were not aware that they required permission from the landlord before carry out such works. All works are subject to approval and permission from a landlord. This is to protect the interests of the landlord and to ensure that any construction work is in line with local authority approval and in accordance with permission rules. Works may diminish the value of the property or cause health and safety hazards. If a leaseholder fails to get permission from the landlord yet carries out works on the property, they will most likely result in paying a compensation. The landlord also has the right to make the leaseholder revert the alterations made to its original condition. If the tenant refuses to revert alterations, the landlord could either forfeit the lease or take possession of the property. What to Do If You Want to Make Structural Changes to Your Flat The process for making structural changes to a property you do not own outright can be challenging and complex. Our team aim to advise and consult such clients to ensure that they avoid any unwanted consequences. If you want to change the layout of your flat by relocating the kitchen or bathroom or if you want to add an extension or want to convert the loft into livable space, you would need to get a licence to alter. It is first important to understand the statutory and contractual requirements to meet before implementing the works. We helped the client identify these requirements by hiring a qualified and professional advisor. This involves a team of experts, including engineers, architects or surveyors. We then assisted the client in applying for planning permission. Depending on your lease but almost always, you must then provide drawings and details of your proposed development and get direct permission from the landlord. Usually, this process will attract additional fees, and the landlord may commonly also seek professional qualified advice, which the tenant will most likely be invited to pay. Should consent be granted, you will then require a conveyancing solicitor, who will have the permissions registered via land registry. They will also ensure that the contractor you instruct is aware and can comply with building regulations. It is key to understand the process in full and to make accurate steps to ensure that you comply at each stage. Our team can help you to hire the right professionals and advise you on budget and requirements. This will avoid any unwanted or unexpected consequences down the line, and ensure that all goes smoothly. If you would like to make changes to a rented flat or property, please do contact our team. We are happy to help ensure that your project goes smoothly.